Test of North Korea’s Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching US was ‘a success’

North Korea has confirmed that one of the two projectiles fired this Monday was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which, according to Korean officials, can theoretically reach almost anywhere in the world, including the United States, due to its range of 15,000 kilometers . from the south and Japan. This is the Hwasong-18 missile , that runs on solid fuel. Communist regime authorities said leader Kim Jong-un “observed the test launch on site” with the aim of “sending a warning” to Washington and its allies. “The fired rocket reached a maximum apogee altitude of 6,518.2 kilometerscovered a distance of 1,002.3 kilometers in 4,415 seconds (about 73 minutes) and landed precisely in the target area in the open waters of the Eastern Sea (Name of the Sea of ​​Japan in both Koreas),” state agency KCNA reported. The flight data corresponds to those released the day before by the South Korean and Japanese military authorities.

This has been a record year for North Korea’s weapons testing program after firing at least 36 rockets, including a rocket that carried a spy satellite into space in November. All of North Korea’s launches violate United Nations Security Council resolutions banning the Kim regime’s development of missiles. Still, Pyongyang insists that its country must continue to develop its weapons, including nuclear missiles defend against the threat of a US attack and his allies.

He Hwasong-18which is said to have a nuclear warhead and was successfully tested in April and July of this year, It is the most advanced ICBM in North Korea’s arsenal as it uses solid fuel.which, unlike liquid fuel, does not need to be charged before takeoff, This makes it more difficult to detect preparations for launch and become a target for pre-emptive attacks. reports Efe.

North Korea launches Hwasong-18 ICBM
North Korea launches Hwasong-18 ICBMKCNAEFE

In response, South Korea, the United States and Japan announced this Tuesday the launch of a system for sharing information about North Korean missiles in real time and a plan to conduct regular trilateral military exercises to counter North Korea’s weapons advances.

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As is typical for North Korea, the missile was launched with a very arcuate trajectory and is believed to be capable of traveling up to 15,000 kilometers on an operational trajectory, enough to reach any point on the planet except southern South America. KCNA adds this Several commanders from the newly created General Directorate of Missiles were present at the launch, including its top official Jang Chang-ha.

North Korea launches Hwasong-18 ICBM
North Korea launches Hwasong-18 ICBMKCNAEFE

The pictures published by the state authority also show this Daughter of Kim Jong-un, presumably Kim Ju-ae and is about 10 years old and has been attending all important military events since last year.

Kim Jong-un’s reaction

The North Korean leader “proudly said that the results of this training test were a…” practical demonstration of the reality and reliability of the formidable offensive power and the absolute nuclear deterrence that our national armed forces have,” added KCNA, which argued that the launch was a response to the activities of Washington and its allies.

In this sense, The text criticizes the increase in joint US maneuvers with South Korea and Japan and other countries as well as the recent meeting of the Nuclear Advisory Group, Mechanism created by Washington and Seoul to create response mechanisms in the event of a North Korean attack, which includes the nuclear option, or the regular deployment of US strategic assets on the peninsula observed this year.

“What cannot be overlooked is this The US has literally turned the Korean peninsula into a base for all of its strategic nuclear facilities through the constant introduction of various types of nuclear warfare components, including strategic nuclear bombers, nuclear submarines and nuclear aircraft carriers,” KCNA explains, recalling Submarine USS Missouri It arrived at the South Korean port of Busan last Sunday.

Yesterday marked the fifth launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea, a record number for the regime and underscoring the significant military escalation the Korean peninsula has seen this year.

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